Museum of State Historical Society receives $80,622 operating grant

Museum of State Historical Society receives $80,622 operating grant The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in Washington, D.C., has awarded the museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society at the Cultural Heritage Center an $80,622 general operating support grant.

"General operating support grants are only given to museums that have the highest approval rating of their peers," said Robert S. Martin, IMLS director. "A museum must excel in every aspect of its operations, from collections' care to public outreach."

Fewer than 22 percent of the more than 800 applicants received awards in 2002, and these recipients are, indeed, among the best museums in the nation, Martin said.

The IMLS, a federal agency, serves the public by strengthening the nation's museums and libraries.

The society's museum will use the grant funds to help develop an online version of the museum's permanent exhibit, The South Dakota Experience, according to David B. Hartley, museum director. Full funding for this project, however, awaits the completion of the society's capital campaign, he added.

The museum at the Cultural Heritage Center is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Permanent exhibits portray the history of American Indians in the area, plus our state's pioneer, military and political history. An exhibit about Lewis and Clark's travels through the state is in the Observation Gallery. On display now through Dec. 22, is "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future," a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution exploring the history of the future.

For more information about the Museum of the South Dakota State Historical Society, call (605) 773-3458 or visit the society's Web site at www.sdhistory.org. The State Historical Society is a program of the state Department of Education and Cultural Affairs.

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